Bowie out to end CIAA title drought

First crown in 16 years on line vs. N.C. Central

State notebook

November 05, 2005|By MATT PAPUCHIS | MATT PAPUCHIS,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Bowie State has gone through four coaches and suffered nine losing seasons since the last time it won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association football championship 16 years ago, but today the Bulldogs have a chance to erase all of that.

Bowie (8-2, 5-2, CIAA) will be playing for its first conference title since 1989 when it faces North Carolina Central (9-1, 6-1) at 1 p.m. today in Durham, N.C. The Eagles, the No. 23 team in Division II, defeated the Bulldogs, 38-19, six weeks ago.

A win would give Bowie its first nine-win season since 1975 and only its second since the program's inception in 1972.

"It means a lot," said second-year coach Mike Lynn, whose Sept. 10 win over Morgan State was Bowie's first over a Division I-AA opponent since 1990.

Winning the title would cap a season that has been highlighted by the play of sophomore running back Isaac Redman, who became the school's all-time single-season rushing leader in last week's 27-17 victory over Virginia State. Redman has 1,193 yards for the season, breaking the 30-year old record of Milton Carr.

"He's only a sophomore, but he plays bigger than that," Lynn said.

Salisbury comedown

Salisbury was one spot away from being one of the Top 25 teams in Division III, but a 63-19 loss last week to Wesley prevented the Sea Gulls from receiving a single vote this week.

The loss also unseated Salisbury from the Atlantic Central Football Conference's top spot. Wesley (8-1, 4-1 ACFC) regained sole possession of first place and has a half-game lead over Salisbury (6-2, 3-1) and Brockport State (3-5, 3-1).

A win next week over Frostburg at Towson in the annual Regents Cup game would give the Sea Gulls a share of the ACFC title. Wesley has no conference games left.

The Sea Gulls' offense had been among the most potent in the nation, scoring 184 points in the three games before last weekend, but a season-low output of 19 cost Salisbury last week.

Running back Leroy Satchell has been the one constant on offense for the Sea Gulls, who have had to use two quarterbacks because of injury. Satchell has gained 1,001 yards this year and is seventh all time for Salisbury with 2,265 career rushing yards.

Et cetera

Towson, which was idle last week, returns home for the first time in more than a month today against Villanova (4-4, 2-3). The Tigers (5-3, 2-3 Atlantic 10) close out the season against three teams (Villanova, Richmond on Nov. 12 and James Madison on Nov. 19) that beat them by a combined score of 96-23 last season.

Morgan State's Byron Selby leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in passing, averaging more than 170 yards a game. It's the one bright spot for the Bears (2-7, 1-5 MEAC), who are in the bottom half of nearly every MEAC statistical category.

Johns Hopkins quarterback Zach DiIonno leads the Centennial Conference with 1,409 yards passing. The Blue Jays (7-1, 4-1), who were knocked from the Top 25 by last weekend's 21-17 loss to Ursinus, can clinch the conference title outright with a win over McDaniel next on Nov. 12.

McDaniel (4-4) might be sliding, but Ron Ringgold is doing his part. Ringgold has recorded 62 tackles in the last three games - all losses - and leads the Centennial Conference with 117 overall. Teammate Drew Abbamonte's six interceptions are good for second in the conference.

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